KDL Blog ‘Events’ Category

Branch vs Branch Social Media Showdown

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

You haven’t seen librarians this excited since Andrew Carnegie funded libraries like they were going out of style!

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This October, all eighteen Kent District Library branches are going head to head in social media battle. On the line, eternal glory and what has been rumored to be the biggest, baddest, “awesomest” (Awesomest? Sure, why not?) trophy to ever grace a library counter.

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You can help your branch clinch the win by liking their Facebook page and encouraging others to do so during the month of October. In return you’ll get access to community events, free programs, book recommendations and news releases.

Do your branch proud and like their page!


Alpine Township
Byron Township
Caledonia Township
Cascade Township
Comstock Park
Gaines Township
East Grand Rapids
Tyrone Township
Plainfield Township
Krause Memorial
Sand Lake/ Nelson Township
Spencer Township

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Save Money on Griffins Tickets!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Griffins Primary Logo 2015Hockey season is here! Use your Kent District Library card to get a great deal on Grand Rapids Griffins hockey tickets.

For every Sunday and Wednesday home game during the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 2015-16 regular season, present your Kent District Library card at the Van Andel Arena box office on the night of the game or at The Zone anytime during the store’s regular business hours to purchase either an Upper Level ticket for $14 (regularly $16 advance and $19 day of game) or a Lower Level Faceoff ticket for $18 (regularly $20 in advance and $23 day of game). Limit four tickets per card per person, subject to availability.

Check out the Griffins’ schedule and plan a fun night out for a great deal!

Go Griffins!

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Progress Report on KDL’s New Catalog

Friday, September 25th, 2015

It’s been just over a week since KDL launched our new exclusive catalog. As can be expected when you move over a million item records and hundreds of thousands of patron records, we’ve encountered a few glitches. Overall, things went well and we are exceptionally grateful for your patience and understanding as we work out some remaining challenges.

Please visit our brief tutorial page How to Use the New Library Catalog. Here you will find instructions on how to update your PIN number if you need to do so in order to access your account online.

If you’d previously bookmarked the library catalog in your web browser, please update your links to https://catalog.kdl.org.

Overdue fine payment will be available in the branches over this weekend. Unfortunately we cannot yet accept fine payments online, but hope to be able to do so by next week. If you have any questions about your library record regarding fines, please visit a KDL branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007.

As of today, our Telephone Notification System is up and running. KDL offers telephone, email or SMS (text) notification options. These inform you of holds to pickup, items that will soon be due and need to be renewed or returned, and overdue notices. Your previous preference should have migrated to the new system. If you wish to receive notices via email, please visit a KDL branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007.

If you wish to receive notices via SMS (text), you may set that up in the “My Account” function.

  1. To log into your account, click [My Account].
  2. Enter in your 14-digit library card number and your PIN. Your PIN will be the last four digits of the phone number associated with your account.
  3. You will be taken to your account. Click on SMS Notifications.


   4.  Click the Add New button and complete the information. Be sure to check all types of notification. “Label” can be the name of your phone, or whatever you’d like.


Please visit a KDL branch or call our Patron Services Department at 616-784-2007 if you have any questions about your account.

Thank you so much for your patience as we all learn something new together!

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Author A.S. King Comes to KDL!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Good A S King hi res headshotKent District Library, Consumers Energy and the Friends of Cascade Library are proud to present A.S. King, the extraordinary writer of provocative teen novels. The Michael L. Printz Award-Winning author will talk about her life as an author and her latest title “I Crawl Through It,” the surrealist fiction trailing four teenagers on the verge of exploding from dealing with traumas, anxiety and PTSD.

Already hailed as “ambitious and affecting” by Horn Book, new release “I Crawl Through It” has been garnering rave reviews. Fans of King will be able to purchase her books at the event and have them signed by the author after her talk. The event, to be held at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch on October 15 at 7:00 PM, is free and open to the public.

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Live and Learn Series Covers Aliens, Bees, Cannabis and More

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Histories, mysteries, honey and money, this fall KDL presents the Live and Learn series offering presentations for adults on a wide variety of topics. Ranging from beekeeping to Michigan’s ghostly lore, the series is designed to intrigue and entertain you. Bumblebee on a Zinnia

The six programs, each offered at Comstock Park branch as well as being offered at other KDL branch locations, includes Al Eicher Presents The Orphan Train in Michigan, the story of how 12,500 orphaned children from New York City and the Boston area made their way to Michigan in the mid-to-late 1800’s.


Extraterrestrial Life: What Lies Beyond Us, presented by Dr. Jason Smolinski, discusses discoveries and conditions required for life to exist outside our solar system and throughout the galaxy.

Medical Cannabis: A Brief Introduction, highlights the past, present Texting & Driving-Maleand future of the plant’s medicinal use.

The Buzz on Beekeeping takes a look at the crucial role bees play in our environment, Using You Smartphone for Smart Savings teaches you how to use free, downloadable apps to save you money on groceries and retail purchases and The History of Comstock Park from 1837 to the Present, traces the progression of the area through three name changes and site development.

Pre-registration for the lectures is not necessary. For more information on the lecture series please call (616) 784-2007.

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Valuable Program for Teens

Monday, September 21st, 2015

TeensParents, make sure your teenager gets signed up to attend Hot Jobs of 2020, taking place at the Cascade Township Branch at 6:00 PM on Monday, October 5 and at the Grandville Branch at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 17.

There’s a good chance that the job your teen may have someday may not even exist yet. Technology and innovation are changing the workplace like never before. Krista Harmon, Career Development Specialist and owner of Discover Careers, will talk through the Hot Jobs of 2020 and share how teens can set themselves up for success by utilizing career exploration resources while still in high school. Registration is required; please call 616-784-2007 to get your teen signed up.

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Writers Conference: Register Now!

Friday, September 11th, 2015

KDL Writers Conference Logo

Attention writers and authors: it’s time to sign up for our Writers Conference: Craft Edition, taking place on Saturday, October 24 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. This conference, for teens and adults,  features Michigan authors and publishing insiders sharing their insight on the craft of writing – from capturing your audience, to constructing scenes to editing. All genres of writers and skill levels are welcome and pre-registration is required.

9:30 – 12:30 PM – Conference (Register here)
2:00 – 3:30 PM – Workshop (Register here)

Need a nudge to register? Read this article on why you should attend a writers conference.

We hope to see you there!

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Cool Programs for Teens!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Super Smash Bros.Teens, take a break from your homework and visit KDL for one (or all!) of these awesome programs! Please click the program title for dates, times and locations or to register.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament
Get your Smash on! Battle up to 8 players in this Wii U tournament. You are welcome to bring your own controller. We will play with stock characters only. No uploads. Pre-registration is required.

Teen Halo Tournament
Calling all teens! Think you have what it takes to compete in our Halo 4 multiplayer tournament? Bring a partner and battle the best of the best in this first-person shooter competition. The last team standing wins the prize! Pre-registration is required.

Hot Jobs of 2020
The job you may have someday probably doesn’t even exist yet! Technology and innovation are changing the workplace like never before. Join us as we talk through the Hot Jobs of 2020 and how you can set yourself up for success by utilizing career exploration resources while still in high school. Pre-registration is required. 

KDL Anime Festival
Come in costume and participate in our cosplay pageant, or just hang out and celebrate all things anime. Snacks, crafts, games and your favorite shows! Costumes and weapon props must be family-friendly.

Meet the Author: A.S. King
KDL is proud to present A.S. King, the extraordinary writer of provocative teen novels. Join us for what promises to be an evening to remember, as she talks about her life as an author and discusses her latest title As I Crawl Through It. Books will be available for purchase and Ms. King will be signing after her talk. Sponsored by Consumers Energy and the Friends of the Cascade Library.

Teen Film Workshops
These workshops are sure to give you the skills you need to create an outstanding film for our Teen Film Festival.

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Fun With Grandkids: A Program Series

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Fun with GrandkidsThis fall, we are inviting grandparents and grandchildren to come together for some fun bonding time at the library! Don’t miss out on our Fun With Grandkids events. Please click program titles for a list of dates, times and locations and to register if required.

Fun with Grandkids: DIY Spa
Create everything you need for your own intergenerational spa day! Make your own pampering products–foot scrub, bath salts, body glitter and lip balm–to take home! Pre-registration is required. For kids ages 6 to 96.

Fun With Grandkids: Let’s Play! Nostalgic Gaming for Ages 6 to 96
Experience games of yesteryear in this program designed for grandparents, grandkids and appreciators of old-fashioned fun. Enjoy nostalgic games like Checkers, Shooting Marbles, Jacks, Old Maid and Pick-Up Sticks. You may even get to shout “Bingo!” Best enjoyed by kids ages 6 and up and their parents and/or grandparents.

Fun with Grandkids: Zentangle
Grandparents connect with younger friends or family members through the fascinating world of Zentangle. Whether you’re looking to form beautiful structured images or want to spend time learning a new skill, this easy-to-learn method can bring out the artist in everyone. Engage your creativity and sense of fun through the fascinating world of Zentangle! Pre-registration is required and participation spots are limited. Open to children ages eight and above and adults of any age.

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Reminder About KDL’s New Catalog: Holds & Reading History

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

With just 8 days left before we launch our exclusive new KDL catalog, here’s just a quick reminder about a few temporary service disruptions.

  • No holds may be placed after 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 12. Fill up your hold queue now and when the new KDL catalog goes live on September 17, you can go to town and place up to 25 holds!
  • Users of the Reading History and My Lists services in the LLC catalog who want to retain their information will need to download their data before September 14. Here are the instructions:
  • From Monday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 16:
    • Library users will be able to check material out at KDL locations, but returned material will not be checked in. Overdue fines will not accrue on KDL material for these dates.
    • KDL items that are currently checked-out cannot be renewed during this time.
    • KDL will not issue new library cards during this time.

The new catalog will be a significant improvement for KDL cardholders; offering a better search experience, easier access our digital collection and more customer-friendly policies, like increased allowable holds and the ability to avoid overdue fines by renewing material (that does not have holds) up to three times.

For more information on the new KDL catalog, please see our sneak peak at KDL’s New Catalog, the blog post announcing the new KDL Catalog and read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

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